When you think how used we are to our mobile phones nowadays, it seems hard to imagine a world without them.
How can they have only become common at the end of the 1990′s, for crying out loud?
I remember on moving away to start college, I moved into a student house with no phone line.
Even though I was only in the house for a few months before moving onto another one, I had to go through the rigamole of going down to the local phone box (remember them?!) to ring up the BT helpline so they could install a phone line for me.
Could you be bothered with all that now? No, instead of relying on a cumbersome phone attached to a wall that you could only be reached on if you were actually IN at the time, you’d have a phone that would sit in your palm and could be taken anywhere in the world with you.
Phones used to be great big things with a number dial.
Dialling a number seemed to take the best part of a day as you had to put your finger manually into each number, dial it to the top, let go and wait for it to dial back round again before putting the next number in.
Our pampered, technology obsessed selves would be losing the will to live nowadays.
Phone boxes seem to be a thing of the past too, which is a shame – but if you think about it, when was the last time you actually used one? My bet is about the same time I used one to install the phone line when I went to college in the mid to late 90′s…..
This post has been added to other phone memories in the Phone Nostalgia link up